March 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2024, Veterans Affairs (VA) Butler Fire and Emergency Services hosted a once-in-a-lifetime Advanced Structure Burn Class on the campus of the VA in Butler. Crews from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia used a three-story midrise building to test their skills in firefighting operations. Crews trained in incident command, fire attack, using a Standpipe and leader lines, SAR and RIT. Those that participated in the training were three VA Fire Departments from Butler,  Canandaigua (NY) and Martinsburg (WV). Other crews involved Butler Bureau of Fire, Butler Township Fire District, Adams Area Fire District, Unionville Fire Company, Slippery Rock Fire Department, Harrisville Fire Company, Harmony Fire District, Connoquenessing Fire, Beaver Falls Fire , Cornplanter Fire , Titusville Fire , Akron (OH) Fire, Cranberry Township Fire, Prospect Fire, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, Mckeesport Fire, Herman Fire, Sarver Fire, North Washington Fire, Mahoning Township Fire, Prince William County (VA) Fire and Fairfax County (VA) Fire. Several State of Pennsylvania Fire instructors were on hand to guide the students as well as several additional ground support members.

– Fire News photos by Artie Osniak

Members from the Butler Township Fire District, Harmony Fire District and Canandaigua Veterans Affairs FD

Firefighters from Veterans Affairs Butler Fire and Emergency Services, Martinsburg Veterans Affairs FD (WV) and Canandaigua Veterans Affairs FD (NY)

Members of the Cranberry Township Fire Company

Firefighters from Prince Williams and Fairfax Counties in Virginia